White Expected To Be Ready by Summer

After three years of ending its season in the 3A State Regional Final, Asheville High School made the plunge into the 3A State Championship game and left with the title. Highlighting the Cougars charge was a backfield that included Clemson commit Crezdon Butler and North Carolina commit Johnny White.

White, a 5-foot-10 190-pound tailback, led Asheville in rushing with 1,855 yards and 31 touchdowns on just 238 carries (7.79-yard average). In the process, White broke Asheville's career rushing record held by Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice with 5,123 yards and 90 touchdowns.

"Johnny White brings a physical toughness and competitiveness," said Asheville head football coach Danny Wilkins. "I've been coaching 27 years and I don't think I've ever seen anybody any more competitive then he is. He's strong, he's quick, he's fast, he's got great vision, and he's a team player. He's one of the most unselfish kids you've ever been around. It's not about him or statistics, it's about helping his team win games."

This past weekend White took his official visit to North Carolina. Never veering from his pledge, White won't be officially visiting any other schools.

"He's committed to Carolina and he's excited about going," said Wilkins. "Signing Day is right around the corner and he won't waiver on [signing with North Carolina]."

And the North Carolina coaching staff doesn't plan to move White from out of the backfield – and expects him to compete immediately.

"Coach Powell told me that he felt like Johnny was going to play quickly," said Wilkins. "He said that he would help them this next year at the tailback spot."

After a high ankle sprain forced White to miss the State Regional Final and Shrine Bowl, and to play the State Championship game at only "70 percent," many wondered White's status for the summer.

"He's just about fully recovered," said Wilkins. "He'll be ready by the summer. He's already running and doing some other things."

Another concern is White's qualifying status. According to Wilkins, with some work White should make the grade.

"He retook the board and did real well on it – his math and verbal," said Wilkins. "His core GPA, he had a little bit of work to do on it, but he's in the process of doing that. He's really a bright kid and we think he's going to have no problems. There's an outside chance [he could prep], but I don't think that's going to happen."

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